My name is Janice; I’m somewhat of an “eclectic” bead artist and an unabashed self-proclaimed bead addict. My husband and partner of 20 years, Dan and I, live in “The Golden Heart City,” of Fairbanks, Alaska. We love to spend our summers camping and fishing, while traveling throughout “The Land of the Midnight Sun!”
On the other end of the seasonal spectrum, we spend the rest of the year cozied up to the woodstove during the long, dark, frigid cold winter season. Yes, friends – two seasons is what we’re really dealing with here in the Interior of Alaska! With that said, once summer abandons us and Old Man Winter arrives, I find myself hunkering in for the long haul and focusing on doing what I enjoy the most – playing with my beads!
My greatest passion at this point of my life is designing and creating “distinctively you” handmade…
Today is the first day of winter. So I am welcoming in this beautiful time of year. A time of reflection and hibernation. A chance to search my spirit and listen to the guidance of my friends from the spirit world. As I walk along my path on this life’s journey I have been through so much and have chosen to learn from what has been along my path. Not easy but necessary for growing and changing. It has been quite a journey this time round to say the least.
One of the most important things is to find self love. To accept ourselves and love ourselves and be gentle with ourselves through all the things that we live with and grow with. To cut ourselves some slack when we make a mistake and give ourselves the love that we would give to one of our best of friends.
When we do this we have a more open, compassionate heart with others. We understand that everyone makes mistakes and finds themselves in difficult times.
Instead of always trying to hold up this illusion that society puts on us to give a false sense of perfection we are being ourselves learning as we go and loving others.
The further along you get, the closer you are to getting there.
Everyday something new is being created in my home. Beadwork , leatherwork, food , and on and on. Life is one big creative process making life interesting. Even when blogging you are creating something that you hope someone somewhere will find interesting. There are so many different peoples and interesting subjects all you can do is follow your heart and post what your interests in life are. Even in the garden there is a creative process that goes on. You never really know how it will all go in a year but the magic of nature is of course magical and honestly it is just part of the journey. In everything we do you can learn, in my opinion. Life is one big teaching like you are in school and you can choose to learn from your day or not. I have heard it called earth school. I can totally relate to that. In all the years I have lived on our beautiful Mother Earth I have done my best to learn from what life gave me that day. It truly is not easy but it makes sense and it helps you understand yourself and who you are. Especially if you can quiet yourself enough to feel what is happening right in the moment. Even that is not that easy to pull off. In the society we are living in everything is speeded up, in a hurry and impatience is on the rise. So I practice being patient although in all honesty some days are easier than others. There are those who really do push you to your limit to say the least.You see when I sat down to blog I had no idea what I was going to write about. This is where it all went so far. Starting with a couple of my bead projects.
Our beautiful granddaughter visited us this summer! Oh what a treat for us! Here we are in the garden with one of our sunflowers.
So that’s it for today! In our daily lives there is so very much to be grateful for. Things that bring us joy, laughter and grace. One thing I have learned is do your best to roll with it and let the river move freely with out resistance. One you start to resist stress accumulates. Do the best to steer your boat and stay on track but roll with it.